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Board of Directors

Westminster Ingleside Foundation Board of Directors

Janet Kelly


Janet graduated from Radcliffe College and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  After graduation, Janet worked in the Financial Services /Banking industry for over 20 years at First National Bank of Chicago (subsequently merged into JP Morgan Chase).  She served as Vice President in their Washington, DC office from 1990 to 1992 working on Cash Management and Electronic Payments in their New York office from 1987 to 1989 working on International Trade and Finance, as well as working on Commercial Lending in its Houston and Chicago Offices.  She was Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Her community activities have included:  Radcliffe Club of Houston; Harvard Business School Club of Houston; Harvard University Alumni Association, Cambridge Massachusetts; United Nations Association, Houston Chapter; Houston Ballet; Houston Grand Opera Guild; Metropolitan Opera National Council New York, NY; Watergate South Cooperative Apartments, Washington, DC and Sulgrave Club, Washington, DC.
Janet is a resident of Ingleside at Rock Creek in Washington, DC. 


Tucker Harris


Ruth “Tucker” Harris and her husband Jack moved to Ingleside at Rock Creek in the spring of 2012. Soon after, she was approached to join the Development Committee as its chair. Her experience in fund-raising has all been volunteer. Tucker has chaired the annual canvass of her church, served in several positions raising money for her college, and raised the money to purchase a significant property in her summer community that is now a nature preserve.
Tucker and Jack have three sons and seven grandchildren who live in different parts of the US. The distances between all parts of the family were significant in their decision to move to Ingleside.
Tucker was a dedicated homemaker until her sons left for college. Along the way, she renovated properties in Washington, DC, sold real estate and finally went back to school for a master's degree in social work. She worked in medical, geriatric and family social work until her retirement in 1998. The Harris family spends its summers in a family cottage in Indian River, Michigan.


Lynn O'Conner

LYNN O'CONNOR President & CEO, Ex-Officio
Ingleside, Westminster Ingleside Foundation, Ingleside at Rock Creek, Westminster at Lake Ridge, Ingleside at King Farm & Ingleside at Home Boards

Lynn O’Connor is Ingleside’s President and CEO, which includes continuing care retirement communities; Ingleside at Rock Creek, Westminster at Lake Ridge, Ingleside at King Farm, Ingleside at Home, and Westminster Ingleside Foundation. Lynn has 41 years of aging services leadership experience, commencing her career in 1980 as an Administrator in Training at a Maryland nursing home and hospice. Lynn was appointed by Governor Parris Glendening in 1995 to be a member of the Maryland Assisted Living Task Force which was charged with creating Maryland’s first assisted living legislation and regulations. Lynn has a BS in Health Care Management from St. Joseph’s University, a M.S.A in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University, Long Term Care Certification from the University of Maryland, is a Maryland Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Certified Aging Services Professional, and a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Professional. Lynn has been a board member of what is now LeadingAge, NJ, LeadingAge Colorado, served on the LeadingAge House of Delegates, and the Board of Directors of the American Health Care Association where she chaired the Not-for-Profit Committee, was a member of the Strategic Planning and Executive Committees. Lynn currently serves as the Vice Chair and Secretary on the Board of Directors of LeadingAge DC and is Chair of the Presbyterian Association of Homes and Services for the Aging where she Chairs the Governance and Nominations Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. Lynn and her husband, Kevin, live in Washington, DC with their four legged son Lou. They have one daughter, a son-in-law and a grandson and granddaughter. They are members of Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown.




Peggy was born in New York City on November 30, 1927, but my family moved to Minneapolis when I was very young. She completed my education and graduated from St. Catherine's College, Department of Nursing. Following my love to Baltimore, she worked as a nurse at Johns Hopkins and soon married. She later worked as a public health nurse.

One of my proudest moments was when my first son was ordained a Catholic priest. He has continued to work in the Denver area. We came back to the DC area in 1976. My husband retired as President and COO of the company in 1986.

Since returning to the area she has been active in volunteer work in a number of organizations, including ARCS (Achievement Reward for College Scientists) which raises funds to grant scholarships to graduate science students. Peggy has also worked with the ARC Montgomery County and volunteered at St. Raphael Church.

Peggy has been active in the life of Ingleside at King Farm and currently serves Chair of the Development Committee. 


Dale Clark


The early part of Bob Bremner’s career was in international finance, beginning at the World Bank and then as a founding partner of an international investment banking firm in Washington DC.  He then founded an investment and consulting partnership in Dayton Ohio that purchased small companies, including a large book store, which was his passion.  The bulk of his for-profit board leadership was for Nuveen Investments, one of the larger firms in a mutual fund industry that experienced rapid growth to become a major factor in managing Americans ‘savings.  He chaired the Mutual Fund board for nine years; led it through the financial crisis of 2008-9; led industry forums and helped negotiate with financial regulators during a troubled time.  

Mr. Bremner has had varied non-profit leadership experience.  Until recently he served as the Chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, the DC Government-sponsored affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He serves on the Investment Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and served as Warden of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church for four years.  He also serves or has served on the boards of two mental health organizations and the financial oversight committees of other organizations.  




Alice Buhl has extensive experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management. She served as executive director of the Conference on Education and of the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy in St. Louis, and senior vice president of the Council on Foundations in Washington, DC.

Alice has been a consultant in philanthropy to many American and Canadian family foundations and prominent private foundations, specializing in assisting families as they manage critical challenges in times of transition. She was a Senior Consultant for Lansberg Gersick, an international family business firm that advises families on all aspects of family enterprise.

Alice has also done extensive volunteer work.  She was a founding board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy and served as a Senior Fellow there until 2019.   She was a member of the session of three Presbyterian churches and served on and chaired the Board of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.
Born and raised outside Chicago, Alice earned her MBA from Washington University (St. Louis). She and her husband Lance moved to IKF in March 2016. 




Peggy Cecchine is a native of Havre de Grace, MD. She attended Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bon Secours School of Nursing and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the State of New York.

In 1986, after returning from Korea and with Gary’s retirement from the Army, Peggy began working in the financial services business in Washington, DC where she was the Assistant Vice President for Administration at Ferris Baker, Watts.

In 1991 Peggy moved back to Havre de Grace and opened the third Edward Jones office in Maryland. She was very successful and at retirement managed over $125 million. In 1997 she became a limited partner in Edward Jones, a position she continues to hold even after her retirement as an active financial advisor. During her 19 years in Havre de Grace she also served as the president of the Chamber of Commerce (twice) and as president of the Havre de Grace Rotary Club (twice).

She and Gary became residents of Four Seasons, an over 55 community in Dumfries, VA in 2010. At Four Seasons she was on the finance committee for several years.

fter moving to our forever home at Westminster in 2018 she has been active with the development, finance, hospitality and dining committees and is a volunteer compassionate driver.


Dale Clark

DALE C. CLARK, Chair Emeritus, Ex-Officio

Received a BA in Foreign Languages from the University of Rochester and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps in 1956. Graduated from the Marine Corps Basic and Amphibious Warfare Schools, the NATO Defense College, and the Naval War College.  Member of the teaching faculty of Yale University and the Naval War College.  Combat assignments in the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, and Lebanon. An infantry officer, with special skills in the employment of nuclear weapons, logistics and research and development. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Colonel in 1986. 

Civilian employee in the Office of the Secretary of Defense 1986-1998; initially as Principal Director, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Policy and Enforcement for 3 years; and then as Senior Management Analyst, Office of the Director, Administration & Management for 10 years. Consultant to the Department of Defense as a specialist in Defense Organization and Management, Intelligence, and Counterintelligence 1999-2000.

After moving to Westminster at Lake Ridge in September 2007, served on the Resident Council, and the Resident Dining, Development and Finance Committees. Appointed to the corporate Governance & Nominations Committee in 2008 where he continues to serve.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Westminster Ingleside Foundation 2010-2015 and currently serves as Chair Emeritus of the Board. Director on the Board of Directors of Ingleside and its Affiliate Boards at Westminster at Lake Ridge, Ingleside at Rock Creek and Ingleside at King Farm 2010-2015.

He and his wife Evelyn have enjoyed their life at Westminster at Lake Ridge. They have three daughters, whose families all reside in Northern Virginia.




Emily is a strategic advisor in Brown Advisory’s Washington D.C. office. She provides holistic, individualized advice to high-net worth individuals, families, business owners and corporate executives. Immediately prior to joining the firm, she was senior director, Wealth Planning with Capital One Bank. Emily started her career in the trusts & estates and tax-exempt organizations practice at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia.

Emily is a graduate of Hampton University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts.   She obtained a Masters in Business in Administration and Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.

Her community involvement includes her service as a Board Member and Chair of Development Committee, World Food Program USA.  Emily is also a Founding Member, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Business Women’s Giving Circle


Susan Pinckernell Denecke


Susan Pinckernell Denecke was born and raised in the DC area. She graduated from Vanderbilt University, and continued on to Boston University where she earned her M.B.A. with a concentration in Health Care Administration. She later attended Johns Hopkins University where she earned her B.S.N. Susan has worked in various health care settings, both administratively and clinically. Her clinical experience ranged from Cardiology, ICU, Emergency Room, to Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Susan is married to Rick Denecke and they have 2 children, Sydney and Derick. The family is active at National Presbyterian Church. Susan is involved with various real estate management projects in the commercial and residential real estate markets in the area and in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.




Sy is a graduate of NYU in accounting and law. He attributes his career in finance/accounting (including CPA) to the six years he spent in the Air Force – as a commissioned officer and civilian – pricing and negotiating military contracts. Later, an early retirement from IBM (as Director of Accounting) allowed him a third career with Arthur Andersen’s Washington office. In retirement, Sy continues to serve as an Arbitrator for FINRA  and the American Arbitration Association.

Early on, Sy took Dale Carnegie’s famous fourteen-week course. He was a natural at “meeting and greeting”, became an instructor himself, and now applies the time-honored principles to his grandkids.
Sy is very involved in supporting the community including George Washington University School of Law and JCC of Greater Washington.  



VANCE JOHNSON, President Westminster at Lake Ridge Resident Association

Vance Johnson is a native of Michigan and has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. for more than 50 years. Johnson's management consulting expertise includes strategic planning, organizational design, executive competencies, talent recruitment, selection and retention. His experience encompasses for-and not-for-profit sectors, helping organizations clarify and achieve goals, and set strategic direction for the future. Past clients include AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, Westminster-Canterbury of Virginia Beach (CCRC), the Kennedy Institute of Washington, among others. Johnson currently serves on the Westminster at Lake Ridge Finance Committee and sings in the Westminstrals.


William B King

WILLIAM B. KING, President Ingleside at King Farm Resident Association

Bill King and his wife, Pat, had the distinction of being the first residents to move in to Ingleside at King Farm (IKF) in March, 2009. Since moving to IKF, Bill has been an active member of several IKF and Westminster Ingleside groups, to include the Ingleside Council and the Westminster Ingleside Foundation. Bill is a 1957 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. Following graduation, Bill started a forty year career with Armstrong World Industries where he held executive positions in Marketing, Construction Management, Purchasing and Government Relations. Throughout his career, Bill acquired extensive experience in all types of construction-related activities, to include long-range facilities planning, construction supervision and facilities maintenance. In addition to his formal career, Bill was the Chairman of the Board for the National Institute of Building Sciences. Bill has been an active member of the Potomac Presbyterian Church since 1974, serving as a deacon, elder and building committee Chair.


Robert Len


A CPA, Bob started his career with Touché Ross and Co. (now Deloitte). After several years there, he joined The Wolf Group — a CPA firm in Northern Virginia — later becoming a partner in 1990. There, he advised clients on a wide array of tax and planning issues. In 1996, Bob and Leonard Wolf formed Wolf Group Capital Advisors, a wealth management firm that helps clients create a decision-making framework for their lives — identifying short- and long-term priorities and organizing their affairs to achieve their dreams. Bob regularly speaks at international organizations and financial institutions about topics including financial planning, tax planning, retirement planning and investment strategies. He holds a master’s degree in taxation from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.



LUCILLE SMILEY, Vice President Service Board

She is a certified teacher in Business Education and taught English and Literature on the Junior and Senior High School levels. She taught Basic Reference Service at the USDA Graduate School and facilitated RAPID workshops for various departments at Howard University, including workshops offered by the President for faculty and staff; planned and conducted workshops for small business men and women in the Washington Metropolitan area; conducted workshops to train teachers for the National Capital Presbytery’s Annual Teaching Training workshops.

In her spare time Lucille performs a lot of volunteer work. In addition to Ingleside, her volunteer work includes Palliative Care at Providence Hospital and Carroll Manor Nursing Home at Providence Hospital. She is a Stephen Ministry Leader in charge of training new Stephen Ministers at National Presbyterian Church (NPC) and is an elder with NPC.




Dick graduated from University of Cincinnati and then did 26 years of service in US Navy Active and Reserve retiring as Captain.  He received a MS degree in Logistic Management from the US Naval Postgraduate School. Concurrently with Reserve Duty he was a Department of Defense Support Contractor with positions of increasing responsibility, including Interim President of a small company.  In 1997 he became a full time Entrepreneur, Educator, and Entertainer as That Yo-Yo Guy. He was on the Board of Directors of the American Yo-Yo Association and judged yo-yo competitions at Local, National and World Contests.  He is a Woodturner and Scissor & Knife Sharpener. He and his wife, Beverly, moved to Westminster at Lake Ridge in 2015. Since coming to WLR he has been active in the Chapel, Woodworking Shop, Finance Committee, and Kitchen Band.


Rod Thorpe


Rod earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Management in 1959 before being commissioned as an Army Officer that June. While serving, he spent three years on active duty in Washington, DC. After the service, he worked at Rockwell Collins for thirty‐five years in sales and marketing of aircraft electronics and telecommunications, retiring in 1998. Rod has two sons. He has been a resident of Westminster at Lake Ridge since 2013.


Cathy Wright


After graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Cathy worked in the Georgetown University Economics Department for several years. She subsequently joined Data Resources Inc., a technology start-up company leading pioneering work in the development of computer-based economic forecasting models, and collection and online dissemination of international economic statistics. She spent a year in Brussels helping to open DRI’s first international office, following which she joined the Economics Department of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris where she worked for four years, leading development of the statistical databases underlying OECD’s semi-annual forecasting exercises.

Cathy then returned to Washington to join the International Monetary Fund where she led the data management section supporting the IMF’s World Economic Outlook forecasting exercise, and the related publication and data dissemination activities. Cathy concluded her career at the IMF in the Statistics Department, as the Division Chief responsible for the IMF’s statistical systems, publications, and electronic data products.

Cathy is a docent at Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Garden, taking advantage of her interest and experience in both Byzantine and pre-Columbian history and art, as well as in garden architecture and design. She is a Board Member of the IMF Retirees Association. As a spousal member of the Cosmos Club, Cathy participates in the Climate Change Group which focuses on a variety of global environmental concerns. She is also a member of DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals.


Development Committees

IRC Development Committee Members
2021 Chair – Woody Cunningham

PAUL ARMINGTON                        
JORDEN GONZALES-RICHARD, Assoc. Director of Development

WLR Development Committee Members
2021 Chair – Dick Stohr

GARY CECCHINE                               
HELEN FORTNER                              
MARY JOHNSON                              
BYRON MARTIN                               
ANN KERRIGAN, Assoc. Director of Development

IKF Development Committee Members
2021 Chair – Peggy Adams

DOROTHY WELSH                                            
NANCY SHAPIRO                                
ELAINE ROSENBLUM                      
B.J. DIGGS                                         
ANN KERRIGAN, Assoc. Director of Development



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